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After playing alongside Indians in the Ice Cricket tournament in Switzerland, Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan captain, has renewed the call to use cricket to improve relations between the two neighbours.

India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral series since 2007. “Due to lack of international cricket between the two countries, we now play either in the ICC tournaments or the events such as Ice Cricket,” Afridi said. “I believe politics should be kept away from sports. It should rather be used as a tool to improve relations between the countries. Sport is something which can play a big role in bringing peace.

“It was nice to meet and play with players from India after a long time. That was something very positive about the tournament and I think it should continue,” added Afridi, who also played alongside Virender Sehwag in a T10 tournament in Sharjah. “Both countries should also be playing international cricket against each other.”

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